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Paul Martin — February 19, 02:04PM

Inland Gulls, Flying in a V, what type of Gulls fly in V?

So we live up the Kenebecasis River, Bloomfield NB, we are inland from the Bay of Fundy. This morning we saw a flock of approx 20 Gulls flying in a V formation , flying up river, they were quite high up so I didn't get any details, other then they were obviously Gulls. Question; Type of Gulls that fly in a V pattern?
and of those species, ones most likely found flying inland?

meg — February 22, 08:29AM

Paul,

The V formation is not necessarily typical of species, but more due to aerodynamics of flight that may assist birds of any species be more energy efficient (all depending on other air movement including flying with or against wind, rising air in thermals, elevation above ground, and topography). We might also wonder why more birds do not fly in Vs more often? Maybe they do and we pay no attention?

Your gulls may be in a V to travel some longer distance such as to and from water, perhaps to a landfill or agricultural source of food, or on actual migration. Gulls on local flight might not form a V although moving a few miles. The V may take considerable time to form and then even more quickly collapse. Our gulls here transit frequently about 12-15 miles from coastal sites to an inland commercial composting location. They arrive at the compost piles on days the compost is worked by payloaders to feast on rats, fish waste in the compost, and other items. The travel can be in nice Vs, long strings of birds, and big poorly defined clusters. Perhaps the formations change as the birds organize along the route.

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